HAFS Journal Vol 4 No 3 – May 1998


Lady Agnes Hungerford, by WJ Hardy (1880);

Tracing the Hungerfords, by Walter Goodman;

The Search for Ernest Chapman, by Judith MW Fitz-Henry and Loane Lilley;

Thomas Hungerford and Baerami Station, by Ian Ellis;

British Difficulties Under Solution (Part 1), by Frederick R Hungerford;

Hungerford Lists 2: English BDMs 1901-1950, by Peter Sherlock.



by Peter Sherlock

On 25 April this year, ANZAC Day as it would happen, I was privileged to make my first visit to Farleigh Hungerford Castle in Somerset on a tour with the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society. While there one was often reminded by the various guides of the rather turbulent marital histories of the sixteenth century Hungerfords. A poetic version of Lady Agnes Hungerford, who murdered her first husband John Cotell and married Sir Edward Hungerford who died in 1521, appeared in our last issue, and the essay on which it was based appears in this Journal. The author, William John Hardy, published a series of articles on the Hungerfords in The Antiquary, and wrote the oft-read entries on various family members in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Keeping with this English theme, we read from Walter Goodman of his descent from and search for the Hungerfords, and discover yet another connection with an important British institution, that of Christ’s Hospital and the John and Frances West trust funds.

Another tale of searching for our relations comes from Judith Fitz-Henry and Loane Lilley, who describe the fate of Edward Wykeham Chapman, grandson of Captain Emanuel Hungerford and Catherine Loane of Australia.

Also writing on Australia is Ian Ellis, who gives a concise account of Thomas Hungerford, his family, and his Baerami ventures last century.

The connection between England and Australia is provided in this issue by Thomas of Baerami’s son, Frederick Richard Hungerford, about whom very little is known. Yet this Frederick Richard wrote a tract circa 1890 designed to encourage British emigration to Australia as a way of solving unemployment in the former place and the labour shortage in the latter. One wonders if he would have written the text in the same way had he known the misfortunes his home and family would suffer in the 1890s depression.

The final item is the next instalment in the Hungerford lists, taking the English births, deaths and marriages index up to 1950.

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